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German Longhaired Pointer

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A Family Dog

Active, energetic, sensitive

German Longhaired Pointers are extraordinary pets. While it's interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of German Longhaired Pointers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance, and behavior. Some behaviors make the German Longhaired Pointer great and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep your dog healthy and create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed's history, common health conditions, and how to keep them feeling their best. 


Breed Details

Height:21-25 in. Weight:50-90 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
4

1 = small - 5 = large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The German Longhaired Pointer is a high energy hunting dog so a securely fenced yard and leashed walks are a must. She needs activity and excels at dog sports like field trials, obedience, and agility. She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your GLP. 

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly to prevent tangles and mats.

Dental: German Shorthaired Pointers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week! 

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your Veterinarian can show you how!



The German Longhaired Pointer is an energetic hunting dog that is always on the go. With proper exercise and socialization she can be a kind, gentle, and calm family companion. 

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent hunting dog 

  • Eager to please and responsive to training 

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet 

  • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable 

  • Lively, with a friendly personality 

  • Loyal and Obedient 

Negative Traits:

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run 

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog 

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise 

  • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training 

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

Whether you are considering adding a new German Longhaired Pointer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every German Longhaired Pointer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the German Longhaired Pointer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.  

Some health issues a German Longhaired Pointer could encounter:

The German Longhaired Pointer is a versatile all-purpose hunting dog that originated in Germany during the late 1800’s. German Longhaired Pointers are rare outside of their homeland. This gun dog is able to point, retrieve, trail, and hunt on land and water. The GLP, like all German pointers, has webbed feet. They are passionate on the hunt and amusing and entertaining while at play. The German Longhaired Pointer can be independent and strong-willed and they require a confident leader. The GLP thrives on strong relationships with their family and tends to bond deeply with one special person. German Longhaired Pointers are powerful and athletic: a six foot jump over a fence is not uncommon! The German Longhaired Pointer is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

Consult with your veterinarian if your German Longhaired Pointer shows sings of the following:

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

  • Any new or changing lumps or bumps 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

  • Vomiting, refusing food, tender abdomen 

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise 

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Blisters or ulcers on the skin or gums, fever

  • Care

    Routine Care: The German Longhaired Pointer is a high energy hunting dog so a securely fenced yard and leashed walks are a must. She needs activity and excels at dog sports like field trials, obedience, and agility. She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your GLP. 

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly to prevent tangles and mats.

    Dental: German Shorthaired Pointers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week! 

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep her floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your Veterinarian can show you how!



  • Characteristics

    The German Longhaired Pointer is an energetic hunting dog that is always on the go. With proper exercise and socialization she can be a kind, gentle, and calm family companion. 

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent hunting dog 

    • Eager to please and responsive to training 

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet 

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable 

    • Lively, with a friendly personality 

    • Loyal and Obedient 

    Negative Traits:

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run 

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog 

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise 

    • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training 

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new German Longhaired Pointer to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every German Longhaired Pointer will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the German Longhaired Pointer you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.  

    Some health issues a German Longhaired Pointer could encounter:

  • History

    The German Longhaired Pointer is a versatile all-purpose hunting dog that originated in Germany during the late 1800’s. German Longhaired Pointers are rare outside of their homeland. This gun dog is able to point, retrieve, trail, and hunt on land and water. The GLP, like all German pointers, has webbed feet. They are passionate on the hunt and amusing and entertaining while at play. The German Longhaired Pointer can be independent and strong-willed and they require a confident leader. The GLP thrives on strong relationships with their family and tends to bond deeply with one special person. German Longhaired Pointers are powerful and athletic: a six foot jump over a fence is not uncommon! The German Longhaired Pointer is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with your veterinarian if your German Longhaired Pointer shows sings of the following:

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen 

    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing 

    • Vomiting, refusing food, tender abdomen 

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise 

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Blisters or ulcers on the skin or gums, fever

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